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Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks – Reading Time Management

I’m back to the motherland of coffee. I am drinking fresh roasted coffee with heavy cream. Mmm… it’s good to be back in the Northwest.

What are you drinking?

As I have talked about in recent posts, I am now a professional reviewer. On top of the reviews I do for Writing Pearls I am doing four extra for InD’Tale magazine. I was trying to average 12 book reviews for the site making it sixteen for the month and I find I am reading all the time! Even with all that I am reading I still can’t keep up.

I am in serious need of time management over my reading. The first step to achieving this for me would be stop committing to so much. With blog tours, ARC’s and author requests I filled up my months not taking into consideration the workload for the magazine. When you do reviews for someone else they are proprietary to that organization aka, no double posting.

So I find myself at a loss. My TBR is growing bigger and my allotted reading time is growing smaller. I have no solution except to start turning down requests.

What would you do in my situation?

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  • Kristin March 25, 2016, 6:16 pm

    Wow. I didn’t know that about InD’Tale magazine. CONGRATS!! It sounds like you have got a lot on your plate. I’m not in your shoes and I won’t pretend to be but my blog is also a one woman show and there’s no way I can keep up with all the review requests, ARCs, and personal reads. The past couple of years I’ve started to only request ARC’s for books I’m dying to read, offer guest post/excerpt posts to requests that I can’t fulfill, and sign up for tours by hosting excerpts/guest posts. That way, there’s content on my site while I’m cracking away on reading. Otherwise, there would be a lot of lull time between me reading books and reviewing them. I’m not sure if that would help in your situation or not though.
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    • Jessica March 27, 2016, 7:05 pm

      Those are some good ideas. I never could figure out why you would do guest posts, now I know.

  • Melissa Lee March 26, 2016, 8:03 pm

    Congratulations on your new gig writing for the magazine. May I ask how that came about? One day I hope to be able to turn my reviewing into a career as well.

    As for me.. I try to post at least one book review a week. Unless I have a book review due for a publisher, then I may post 2 in one week or shuffle things around. I understand what you mean by being overwhelmed with all the books in your pile though.
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